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Best Cajun Food In Seattle

March 26, 2014 6:00 AM

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Seattle is a long way from New Orleans and Cajun food has barely made its entrance in the Emerald City. The simple, country cuisine features bold flavors and abundant seafood, two things that the citizens of Seattle ravenously embrace. Whether you are a NOLA ex-pat longing for a taste of home or someone looking to explore this Southern-style food, you can find a range of choices throughout the city from upscale to downright down home.

Restaurant Roux
4201 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-5420
www.restaurantroux.com

Matthew Lewis, owner of the food truck “Where Ya At Matt,” expands on the idea of Creole and Cajun food with his sit-down Fremont Avenue restaurant. The lunch menu features the traditional po’boys, jambalaya and gumbo, while the dinner menu fuses NOLA classics with Pacific Northwest flair and French technique. The dinner menu features a tantalizing array of small and large plates, which you can pair with a craft cocktail, one of over a dozen beers on tap or something from the thoughtful wine list. Check out the menu when you stop by for coffee and beignets any weekday beginning at 8 a.m.

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Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge
601 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 432-9069
www.toulousepetit.com

Toulouse Petit on lower Queen Anne delivers Cajun and Creole dishes often re-imagined as contemporary Northwest cuisine. If you’re familiar with New Orleans food, you’ll find plenty that’s familiar, from beignets and gumbo to jambalaya, muffalettas and po’boys. Classic Southern ingredients are used liberally throughout the menus from breakfast and lunch through dinner and late night, including Tasso ham, house-made boudin blanc and Andouille, crawfish and fresh oysters. The vast menu also features prime steaks, Washington wines and craft cocktails.

The Kingfish Cafe
602 19th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 320-8757
www.thekingfishcafe.com

Kingfish is more soul food than Cajun, but boasts a menu of familiar dishes, such as crawfish and corn chowder, frogs legs, fried green tomatoes, gumbo, po’boys, shrimp and grits, red beans, Andouille and enormous slices of red velvet cake. Seattle sisters Laurel and Leslie Coaston infuse their restaurant with a lot of love and family history, not to mention a secret family cornbread recipe. Fortunately for Seattleites, they bring some of the best Southern food north of the Mason-Dixon to Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Marcela’s Creole Cookery
106 James St.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 223-0042
www.marcelascreolecookery.com

Marcela’s Creole Cookery in Pioneer Square features family recipes on its lunch and dinner menus. This spot is perhaps best known for po’boys, gumbos, jambalaya, crawfish pie, fried oysters, stuffed seafood dishes, Uptown Chicken (house specialty), bread pudding (drizzled with whiskey sauce) and a generous Hurricane cocktail. Marcela’s offers two regular events to increase your knowledge and appreciation of NOLA cuisine. On weeknights, you can attend a laid-back, demonstration-style cooking class where co-owner Anthony McDonald may divulge a few family secret recipes. Also popular are the Sunday night crawfish boil parties held in the spring.

The Cajun Crawfish
6951 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 432-9488
www.thecajuncrawfish.com

The Cajun Crawfish is a family-owned, casual restaurant that specializes in Southern-style “seafood boil” by the pound. Popular in the American South and California, this popular style of seafood restaurant is right at home in Seattle, where fresh seafood is abundant. In addition to crawfish, The Cajun Crawfish offers sea snails, King crab legs, Gulf shrimp, clams and mussels. You’ll also deep-fried seafood plates featuring several styles of French fries, plus chowders, corn on the cob, steamed or fried rice and an assortment of sauces to complement the seafood.

Jemil’s Big Easy Food Truck
Seattle, WA
(206) 930-8915
www.jemilsbigeasy.com

NOLA native Jemil Aziz provides authentic tastes of The Big Easy from his food truck, found most often in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Check the website for dates and locations around Seattle on any given day. Jemil cooks up all the Southern favorites, including gumbo, jambalaya, étouffée, po’boys, muffalettas, hush puppies, bread pudding, sweet tea and more. His crew is also happy to expertly cater your private event.

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Carole Cancler is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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